(PresidentialInsider.com)- The Justice Department has been providing round-the-clock security at the homes of all nine Supreme Court Justices in the wake of recent protests, threats, and intimidation from pro-abortion activists.
In a press release issued last Wednesday, the DOJ said Attorney General Merrick Garland had ordered the US Marshals Service to secure the homes of the justices the week before over the “rise of violence and unlawful threats of violence” against the justices.
AG Garland is quoted in the press release saying that in a democracy, while debate is permitted, “we must not – we cannot – allow violence or unlawful threats of violence to permeate our national life.”
In addition to deploying the US Marshals, in the weeks and months ahead, the Justice Department is also reviewing plans to “enhance coordination, intelligence sharing, and technical support” related to judicial security, according to last week’s memo.
Earlier this month, the US Senate passed through unanimous consent a bill expanding security protection to Supreme Court Justices and their families. Since that time, the bill has been languishing in the Democrat-controlled House.
Last Thursday during her weekly press briefing, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appeared to express opposition to the Senate bill, insisting that law enforcement officials should be the ones to determine whether the threats to the justices warrant a response.
When asked if she would bring the Senate bill to a vote, Pelosi dodged the question, saying it would depend on whether there are any threats against the justices and determining that should be up to law enforcement.
Some House Democrats claim that the Senate bill doesn’t go far enough, arguing that some clerks and staffers at the Supreme Court are also facing threats and increased protection for them should be included in the bill.
A Department of Homeland Security memo dated May 13 warned of an “increase” in political violence should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, some Democrat lawmakers believe this violence that DHS is warning about will come from the “far-right.”